Alan’s Car Talk: drive into the future

Alan Rawles

Safety concerns in the automotive industry can prompt change. Companies do have the ability to directly change the vehicles they sell, but the one factor that the companies can’t change is the driver, until now.

Driverless cars are being designed to make the streets safer.

Vehicles that have the ability to control themselves have the potential to prevent automotive accidents. Reducing vehicle accidents can not only reduce costs for automotive insurance, but it can save lives from fatal vehicle crashes.

Cities have already started preparing for driverless vehicles.

Alissa Walker, a writer for Gizmodo, lists some a few examples how driverless cars can be a positive impact.

“It will be even easier for the elderly and disabled to get around using autonomous taxis.

Many first-responders are delayed by human drivers who don’t get out of the way.

Autonomous vehicles will clear a path for emergency vehicles, and they won’t need loud sirens to get the attention of drivers,” Walker said.

There are many companies already regularly testing driverless vehicles.

Tesla has downloaded software into their Model S to give it the ability to operate with almost no user input.

When it comes to support for driverless cars, there are two sides.

Justin Johnson, a sophomore kinesiology major, wants to keep humans connected to the steering wheel.

“They will take away human interaction from the activity in everyday life,” Johnson said.

Josh Faciane, a senior finance major, thinks that driverless cars are a “natural progression of tech.”

Driverless cars are already making big waves in both the automotive and technology industries. Technological advances, such as the car, will always be changing.